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Back in 2009, when I photographed my South African friend’s American friends’ wedding in Denver USA, I never would have thought that our paths would cross again in such a significant way. Fast forward 9 years and today I got to document them meeting their 2 adoptive children, 30mins from where I live. WHAT an amazing privilege! I witnessed so many moments today – it is actually hard to put into words!
Thank you Ben and Marybeth that I could share in seeing, experiencing and photographing the tangible love today. You are now a family of 7! (Two of their sons are back at home, waiting to meet their new siblings.)

Enjoy the memories guys! I loooooove how our worlds collided…

 

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July 17th, 2018 | Shoots,Weddings | Subcribe to RSS

My hart sing saam met die twee! Hul mooi, nederige harte loop oor in hul “looks” en hul uit-die-maag-lag was ‘n kenmerk van die dag. (En dit alles toegedraai in ongelooflike klere, detail, blomme en uitsig.)

Philip en Aletta, ek voel so bevoorreg om jul dag te kon afneem en te kon ervaar. Julle liefde straal en ek sien uit wat ons Pa vir julle in stoor het.
Liefde!

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July 11th, 2018 | Shoots,Weddings | Subcribe to RSS

Julle het so vining in my hart gekruip! So dankie dat ek julle kon afneem en ek kan nie dink aan ‘n beter plek vir julle as om by die “wanneer trou jy?” show te ontmoet nie.

Julle storie praat van hoop. Ek sien die liefde. En weet van die geloof! <3

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June 26th, 2018 | Baby,Family,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Wanneer vriende meer soos familie is….

Lief julle Giddy + Sons! En al jul kinders….dis nou sommer die honde óók ingesluit. <3

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June 25th, 2018 | Baby,Family,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

I’ve been thinking about family shoots and the way I’m approaching it more and more that last couple of months. Yes, an all smiley family picture where everyone is looking at the camera is great. (Especially if you actually manage it with kids :)) But…that is not the part that makes my heart excited about families and family-life.

I’ve been thinking about my personal favorite images while growing up. (Most all of my albums got stolen, but that story is for another day.) Many times these specific images give little clues of the whereabouts e.g. where we lived and the things that was a trademarks of my age…or your parent’s age. One of my most prized images of my late dad, is one where you can see his deep laughing wrinkles. Was it his best angle? No. Could I see his wrinkles? Yes :) Does it make my heart feel something? Absolutely YES!

After the shoot with Wade, Gretchen and Guinnie (isn’t her name the best!?) Gretchen and I talked over coffee and some of her mom’s home made cookies. She told me a bit about her fears around the shoot and everything that isn’t quite “Pinterest looking.” The funny thing is, I registered 90% of those same fears just before I had a shoot done for my new site’s portraits. Some of them “valid” (because  everything ‘needs to be perfect’) but most of them just fears because I measured myself to others. It made me think of this quote: “many people fail because they try to copy others, not realizing that everyone has a different question paper.”

And back to the family shoots – it is exactly the fact that every family is so unique, that makes me enjoy shooting it so much.
So please allow your you-ness to shine. It gives the world so much flavour…

Grethen was so awesome to write down some of her thoughts. Please make sure to read it below the images!

Dankie Gretchen + Wade. That I could photograph you, get to meet you and that you were so brave in all of this. I looooooved your family’s flavour! :P

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June 20th, 2018 | Family,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Ek het lanklaas so ‘n fun, energieke, liefdevolle gesin afgeneem! Hulle is gaande oor mekaar en dié Namibiërs het hul tyd optimaal in Kaapstad benut.

Dankie dat ek so ‘n stukkie van julle familie-wees kon beleef Smit gesin. Julle is next-level!!!! <3 

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June 13th, 2018 | Family,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

What a joy to photograph this family at their house and in their neighbourhood!

Ek is met ‘n warm hart by julle weg Pieter en Libré. Die tyd en liefde wat julle in mekaar en jul kids sit, is sigbaar in julle seuntjies. Dankie dat ek die middag met julle kon deel! “Tannie aZel” het die SO geniet. Stuur seblief liefde vir die 2tjies.

Lekker kyk!

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June 7th, 2018 | Baby,Family,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

I loved celebrating and photographing this little fresh addition to earth! He is already so loved and I am excited to see him grow into his life’s calling.
Welkom liefste Andreas! Jy het kosbare ouers. :)

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May 30th, 2018 | Family,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Die familie het al diep so in my hart gekruip! En dis duidelik hoekom..
So baie dankie Karen en Rudi. Is net ‘n voorreg om julle as familie (en julle super dooper Kolkol cabins!) te kan afneem. Geniet julle foto’s :)

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May 30th, 2018 | Shoots,Weddings | Subcribe to RSS

Wat ‘n wonderlike Overbergse fees! Chris-Marié en ek was albei in Caledon op skool en hoe lekker is dit om haar smile so groot te sien! Die dag was vol liefde, vrede, smiles…en Pizzzzza!

Dankie dat ek julle dag en liefde vir mekaar kon sien en vasvang. Geniet julle foto’s!!! <3

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May 22nd, 2018 | Family,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Family moments in black and white:  closeness, love, energy, tall grass and Ankoles!!!

Daniel and Caren, what a pleasure and privilege to document you guys. Thank you for loving each other. Geniet julle “happy hearts” in “moody weather” foto’s!

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May 8th, 2018 | Portrait,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Ag man wat ‘n lekkerte “to shoot this shooter!” Ek en Simoné gesels al van 2012 af online oor foto dinge en dit was waarlik ekstra spesiaal om haar in lewende lywe te kon ontmoet en afneem in Gauteng. Asof dit nie reeds lekker genoeg was nie, het ons dit af ge-eindig met ‘n “koffie en kondensmelk.” DANKIE Simoné! Mag jy nooit ophou lag nie! xxx

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May 7th, 2018 | Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

So ‘n lekkerte om ‘n vars gesin te kan afneem. Isabelle was net ‘n paar daggies oud en dis so mooi om die opwinding en liefde te kon afneem. Baie seëning vir julle as gesin! xxx

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April 26th, 2018 | Shoots,Weddings | Subcribe to RSS

 

What a joy to photograph these 2! José’s family came all the way from Portugal to celebrate with the South Africans and what a day it was. Laughter, beauty, joy, good food, family + friends! Thank you SO much Alecia + José that I could document your wedding. (And laugh with you!) Blessings for your marriage and enjoy the memories of your day. <3

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April 10th, 2018 | Shoots,Weddings | Subcribe to RSS

Joy, peace, faith, love. Words you often hear at weddings. And then, sometimes you can FEEL them in the atmosphere and SEE them with your own eyes. Like at this very special wedding of Willie and Hannah.

Thank you Willie + Hannah. What a joy to document so much beauty in one day. Thank you for honoring God, your parents and respecting each other. Enjoy your images and memories of an unforgettable day!

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April 5th, 2018 | Pregnancy,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

I photographed Annelize’s portraits for her matric farewell, back when I was working at a Kodak shop / school photo company. I never knew I would call her a friend in the years to come! What a joy to photograph her in this stage of her life. I kind of begged her to do a collaboration: She would bring herself and her baby bump and I get to do a mini shoot. What an AMAZING bonus when Found Collection also joined in with their always exquisite pieces.

Dankie Annelize… Ek is so opgewonde oor julle baba wat kom en om julle as ‘n familie te sien.

 

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April 4th, 2018 | Family,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Cape Town + beautiful early morning light + the awesome Parkin family = Fun, bonding time and snuggles against the cold!

Thank you SO much Stuart, Tabitha and the Parkin-boys <3

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April 4th, 2018 | Shoots,Weddings | Subcribe to RSS

These 2, together with friends from all over the world, celebrated their love, surrounded by Simonsberg + the Drakenstein mountains. What a sight!

Thank you Kamila and Rory! It was such a privilege to document your day!!!! <3

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March 28th, 2018 | Family,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Loved seeing you guys in South Africa again Markus, Marlene and Annika!

Laughter.

Lines.

Life loving.

Light

…camera, action!

 

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March 16th, 2018 | Other,Personal,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Loved shooting film:

Cape Town – Botrivier – Stellenbosch

Found these images I took in 2014. If I remember correctly: 800 iso, cross developed from slide to c41.

<3

 

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